|The old Toronto Stock Exchange|
A group called the 'Design Exchange (DX)' took over the building. The DX purpose is the promotion of a the value of design. According to their mission statement, "We are an internationally recognized non-profit educational organization committed to promoting greater awareness of design as well as the indispensable role it plays in fostering economic growth and cultural vitality. We build bridges by improving communication between various design disciplines, educators, businesses and the general public through programs, exhibits, lectures, and workshops." The building also houses a museum. and is open to the public.
When I was a young man in the mid 60's I worked at the Globe and Mail Newspaper in Toronto and one of my jobs was to head down to the Stock Exchange building each weekday evening and pick up the massive bundle of printouts on the days stock exchange action. This was, of course, before the days of the computer network .
I remember the heavy doors on the main entrance to the building. And especially the large plates that represented Canadian industry. Of course since I was originally from a mining town the plate showing the miner on a jack leg drill had particular significance. Actually it made me a but homesick.
On a recent trip into the city I was thrilled to see those very same doors.